By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
Arguably the most surprising addition to the cast of Alien: Covenant was comedian Danny McBride.
And while there is a high level of secrecy surrounding the Ridley Scott helmed prequel/sequel, funny man McBride spoke to Rolling Stone about working with the iconic British director.
The movie is set 10 years after Prometheus, and is set before the events of the iconic original, Alien (1979).
This Is The End actor McBride, who his currently promoting his new HBO show Vice Principals, confirmed that he is the pilot of the titular colony ship whose crew meets Michael Fassbender’s robot David on a desolate planet.
He said: “I’m the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, which is a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew. I run the ship.”
The comedian-actor, who assumed that Alien: Covenant would rely heavily on computer generated imagery (CGI), said he was surprised at the high level of practical effects on the blockbuster, adding: “I didn’t know if it would be all green screen, but most of the stuff is practical effects: When you’re running from an alien, it’s really a dude in an alien suit coming after you.
“The sets are incredible and you’re in them: we go through some inclement weather at one point on the spaceship and this whole gigantic set is on a gimbal, shaking up and down. You don’t have to use your imagination.”
There is still no confirmation whether the actor will be playing it ‘straight,’ or if he will be the comic relief in the movie.
The Pineapple Express star did reveal that he loved working with 78-year-old Gladiator director Scott, who is known for his demanding and high tempo style.
He said: “He’s got so much energy, and he shoots everything with four cameras. We move through stuff fast. When I got here some people said, ‘Oh man, he does two takes, three takes, tops,’ but I love it.”
The rest of the Alien: Covenant cast includes Katherine Waterston, Fassbender, Billy Crudup, and Demián Bichir. It was also recently confirmed that Noomi Rapace will be reprising her role as Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus.
Alien: Covenant will hit screens on August 4, 2017.
Here’s an official synopsis:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.